Some of these articles talk about illegal immigrants and credit, and I offer them up simply to aid in the baseline of information on the subject.
Something right around the corner and clearly here to stay are "alternative credit scores." These are scores, such as the FICO Expansion score, that lenders can use to help assess the risk of a consumer who has had no credit relationships. It could be a teenager applying for credit for the first time, a recent immigrant, a spouse whose partner is gone for whatever reason and has never had credit in his or her own name. Now lenders are beginning to use alternative credit scores in larger and larger numbers. So, for consumers who are just starting out managing credit, the day may soon arrive when instead of filling out long applications and expecting high interest rates and low credit limits, consumers may be treated with the same speed and convenience as the rest of the people who already have an established credit history and a good credit rating.
--Craig Watts, Public Affairs Manager, Fair Isaac Corp.